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  • A Look At Trump’s Deregulatory Record and How More of the Same Can Anchor the Next Coronavirus Recovery Package

    June 17, 2020
    I remembered wondering in 2017 whether the federal government would be larger or smaller after four years of Trump. The debt has now topped $25 trillion and the deficit alone will top $4 trillion, a figure that, incredibly, is higher than all federal outlays as recently as 2015. In the meantime, President Trump can and should use a meataxe on regulation unilaterally.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    June 15, 2020
    The rate of new coronavirus cases increased last week, adding a note of caution to tentative efforts at reopening. Regulatory agencies issued new final regulations ranging from Florida bats to heraldic items.
  • #NeverNeed Regulations and the Coronavirus

    June 11, 2020
    What is the appropriate public policy response to COVID-19 crisis? In a new short video, Kent Lassman makes the case for lifting government barriers that block people’s ingenuity and ability to fight the coronavirus. For lifting restrictions on access to health care providers and treatments. And for removing regulations that block access to capital for businesses or that stop them from hiring people.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    June 8, 2020
    Friday’s 13.3 percent unemployment rate announcement was actually good news, and says much about the more than 600 regulations waived so far at various levels of government. Regulatory agencies issued new final regulations ranging from phthalates to New Hampshire gas.
  • Trump Executive Order to Expedite Project Approvals

    June 5, 2020
    President Trump on June 4 issued an Executive Order intended to expedite the federal approval process for major infrastructure projects. “Economic Recovery from the COVID-19 Emergency by Expediting Infrastructure Investments and Other Activities” seeks to put people back to work by getting transportation, energy, and other big construction projects underway as quickly as possible.
  • Pandemics, #NeverNeeded Regulations, and Ten Thousand Commandments

    June 4, 2020
    At Inside Sources, Wayne Crews and Ryan Young have an op-ed summarizing the main findings of Wayne’s new 2020 edition of Ten Thousand Commandments, plus some reforms that will help with the virus response and economic recovery.
  • Time to Permanently Sunset Waived #NeverNeeded Regulations

    June 3, 2020
    Many regulations have proven especially harmful during the COVID-19 crisis. But many of those waivers are temporary. Those temporary waivers should be made permanent. One of the principles behind CEI’s #NeverNeeded campaign is that if a rule is not needed during a crisis, it was probably never needed at all.
  • Six Ways the Trump Administration Has Reduced Regulation

    June 1, 2020
    Apart from sector-specific executive orders and directives to federal agencies, there are six prominent ways the Trump administration has streamlined regulation that were covered in the recent Ten Thousand Commandments report released last week.  
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    June 1, 2020
    CEI released the 2020 edition of Wayne Crews’s annual Ten Thousand Commandments report, which gives a big-picture view of the federal regulatory state. Regulatory agencies issued new final regulations ranging from cigarette labels to 6’2” tuna. Note that some numbers are a bit lower than usual on account of a four-day Memorial Day work week.
  • Out Now: The 2020 Edition of Ten Thousand Commandments

    May 27, 2020
    The 2020 edition of Ten Thousand Commandments is out. Wayne Crews’s annual report gives a big picture view of the federal regulatory state. There has long been annual a federal budget for spending, but government regulations have no equivalent. Ten Thousand Commandments attempts to fill that gap until policy makers decide to follow basic transparency guidelines.


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